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Modelling an elderly population: An age old problem?

Mott Macdonalds Tom van Vuren observes that the elderly now outnumber children in the UK
Mott Macdonalds Tom van Vuren observes that the elderly now outnumber children in the UK

 

Sometimes as modellers we become a bit blinkered about what is really important to include, or include in detail, in our models. For example, many models still treat the morning peak and the home-to-work trip as the most important time period and trip purpose, whereas in reality the evening peak is often more congested and other trip purposes a larger component of the overall demand than commuting. We keep thinking in 1970 travel patterns but the world has moved on.

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